Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Songs For Your Soul



For all of you hopeless romantics out there, this one is for you. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Affordable Save The Dates [Video]


Before the holidays, Joe and I sent out our save the dates. We spent months deciding on them and I'm so happy with the ones we chose! It was quite a process finding affordable save the dates but now I have all this wisdom to impart on you! 

I hope this is helpful!

Please let me know what other wedding-related videos and posts you'd like to see. 



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The One Thing Every New Yorker NEEDS To Do!



If you live in New York City, there is one thing you must take advantage of: IDNYCIDNYC is a free identification card for all New York City residents. This card comes with a lot of perks--from movie ticket discounts to free museum access. The process of getting this card is easy. There are several locations you can go to in order to register for your card. Joe and I chose the Mid-Manhattan Library [down the street from that well-known New York library on Fifth]. You do need an appointment [we didn't realize that and had to wait longer]. You can start your application and make an appointment here. Make sure to bring proof of your address and photo identification!

Now that we've covered how to get your card, let's jump into some of the perks. Here are a few of my favorite benefits:

Entertainment Discounts: We mostly take advantage of the movie ticket discounts [I will say that you have to purchase the tickets online and there is a fee for each ticket--convenient but also annoying]. You can get tickets at several different movie theaters; we have several AMCs nearby so we typically opt for those tickets. There are discounts on Broadway shows and theme park discounts. We haven't taken advantage of this yet but I definitely plan to in the future. Hello Disney World! 

Free Museum Memberships: IDNYC offers free one-year memberships at over 35 museums in New York City. Joe and I didn't realize we had to initiate these memberships within the calendar year we got our cards [we thought it was within a year of getting our cards!]. We rushed around on New Year's Eve to get all of our memberships--it was kind of crazy! We ended up with memberships at the Met, Guggenheim, American Museum of Natural History, NYC Ballet, Carnegie Hall, Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Zoo & Queens Zoo. 

Health/Fitness Deals: Apparently there are a few health and fitness benefits that come along with IDNYC. Card holders can get discounts on some prescription medications and at some hospitals. Also the YMCA offers discounts on memberships for card holders. Citi Bike offers 15% off your annual membership. Finally Modell's Sporting Goods offers a 10% discount on purchases [this one is new for 2017!]. 

I'm just scraping the surface here with a few of my favorites. Check out their benefits page for all of the perks! 

Of course there are so many cheap & free things to do in New York City and I will continue to share more activities in the future!

I hope this was helpful and gave you more ideas of how to enjoy this wonderful city.







Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How To Organize Under The Sink [Video]


There are certain areas of my home that tend get neglected. The cabinet under the kitchen sink was certainly one of them. Recently Joe and I decided to finally reorganize under the sink. This space is small and we obviously had to work around the pipe.

We picked up some wire baskets and tension rods to create additional storage. I made our most needed items accessible. All around we are much happier with this space now and find it a lot more functional! If you're curious to see how this space looked before and see our process, check out my latest video

I hope this is helpful!



Monday, January 23, 2017

Best Signs from the Women's March


On Saturday, January 21 2017, I participated in one of the most significant events of my lifetime: the Women's March on Washington. I marched with New York City with a group of friends. This was my first protest and honestly, I was a little nervous. I saw the coverage of the violence that ensued after the Inauguration and was intimated. I didn't make a sign or bring my camera. I brought myself and was present. And it was amazing. 

250,000 people filled the streets of New York to march, chant, and sing. Everyone was peaceful and encouraging of each other. Church bells played Hallelujah. People from all different walks of life united. It was such an inspiring event. Even though I didn't bring my camera, I did want to share of my favorite signs [I found online]. Without further ado, here are the signs:




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Thank you to all who marched or supported in spirit! It was really amazing to see what we can do as a nation and beyond. Did you march on Saturday? 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2016 Travel



2016 was a whirlwind. I went through a lot of changes in my life. Fortunately, I was able to spend a good chunk of time doing what I'm most passionate about: exploring the world. Here is a recap of where I ventured to in 2016:

Italy



Portugal



California (San Francisco & San Luis Obispo)



Massachusetts (Salem)



Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)


And now I have tons of travel to look forward to in 2017...many trips to California for weddings and MY wedding. My bachelorette. My honeymoon. Joe's birthday. I'm so excited!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow Day in Central Park



Location: Central Park
New York, New York

Outfit Details:

Coat [plus optionpetite option] | Primark Pom Hat [similarsimilar--on sale!] | Etsy gloves [gift from Joe] | Yoga Pants | Camp Socks | Bean Boots


Burr it's cold outside. This weekend was extremely chilly. On Saturday, it snowed all day. Joe and I made two trips outside: once for our farmer's market [I can't believe it was still happening!] and once for the movies [Sing was adorable!]. On Sunday, we ventured outside for a little longer. I was still sick [getting over this rough cold] and we [briefly] visited Central Park. 

There is something magical about the park after a snow storm. It truly is a winter wonderland. After our pit stop in the park, we got some tea at Alice's Tea Cup and went grocery shopping. It was a necessary lazy Sunday. 

For those of you in colder climates, stay warm this week!

S H O P  M Y  L O O K!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Why I Did NOT Make New Year's Resolutions



Happy New Year! 

I was debating whether or not to even write this post because I was worried it would come across as being negative but that is not my intention. I always have goals I'm working towards, however, I did not set specific resolutions for 2017. Here's why:

Setting massive resolutions is unrealistic and ultimately, will lead to "failure".

I believe in setting small, attainable goals. I also believe that our goals are constantly changing based on our needs. I personally entered a new stage of my life recently: post grad life. I wrapped up my master's degree last month and am entering a new chapter in my life. This happens to coincide with the end of the year but doesn't mean my life changes and goals are new year's resolutions; they are simply new goals that will be accomplished through small changes. 

In this new chapter of my life, I really want to focus on improving myself. I'm not leading the life I want to be living therefore I want to make major changes in my life. I have specific things I plan to do to make certain changes; I may or may not share more about this in the future. 

I am a planner and goal setter. I think having goals is incredible and necessary. I also believe that limiting ourselves to "eating healthy" and "working out more" at the beginning of a new year is pointless. Leading a healthy lifestyle is extremely important and it's something that I'm working on but an arbitrary date won't really impact our actions long term. 

For instance, I got sick at the beginning of the year. If my goal was to work out five days/week, I would have felt like I have already failed, which is most certainly not true. Increasing the frequency of your work outs is a wonderful goal, just don't label it as a new year's resolution.  

This post is not to say that I'm not excited and looking forward to this new year. I'm getting married this year in addition to traveling a lot and ideally finding my dream job. I am SO excited for 2017!

If you are interested in seeing a blog post on goal setting, please leave a comment. I'd love to share my tips & tricks. 

Happy New Year, friends!




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